“Mumbai Indians wouldn’t have sacked Rohit as captain had BCCI…”: Sidhu opines on controversial move

Hardik Pandya‘s appointment as Mumbai Indians captain, replacing Rohit Sharma, has been one of the most talked-about developments in IPL 2024. Weeks after this surprising change in leadership, fans and former cricketers are still baffled.

Navjot Singh Sidhu, the former India cricketer-turned-commentator, voiced the bewilderment of many by questioning what missteps led to Rohit’s removal. Though Rohit continues as Indian national team captain, Hardik now leads the IPL franchise, Mumbai Indians, leaving many wondering about the reasoning behind this switch.

“The fans struggles to accept that their hero and captain of Indian team is no longer captain of his franchise team. Fans of the franchise must be wondering what wrongdoing led to his removal from the captaincy.” Sidhu commented on Star Sports.

“However, what can he do? Nothing succeeds like success. Had he won three matches, the criticism would have been muted.” said the former opener.

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Rumors circulated that Hardik Pandya would be promoted to captain India’s T20 team and lead the squad in the T20 World Cup. However, BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirmed Rohit Sharma would remain captain for the upcoming T20 World Cup starting in June.

Sidhu believes that if the BCCI had announced its decision earlier, Mumbai Indians might have decided against replacing him with Hardik as the franchise’s captain.

“If BCCI would have declared in October that Rohit Sharma would resume his role as T20I captain in 2024, the franchise might have reconsidered their decision. They would have found it strange that the captain of the Indian team was not the captain of his franchise.”

Mumbai Indians have lost 3 consecutive matches under the leadership of Hardik Pandya, while Rohit Sharma is featuring as a batter.

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